First ever Youth Leader Debate

  • 17 Apr 2015

Go on: get involved!


Shout Out UK and Channel 4 will show Britain’s Ground-breaking Youth Leaders' Election Debate on 28 April.

Frustrated by the lack of young voices in British politics and a concern for voter disengagement, Shout Out UK, a youth news network, has teamed up with Channel 4 to launch a debate with young people at its heart.

The Youth Leaders’ Debate will, for the first time ever, gather all the youth wings’ leaders of the seven major British parties in one place to debate politics and youth issues.

In an online exclusive on, seven youth party leaders will go up against each other as they tackle the key issues for young voters.

Channel 4 News reporter Fatima Manji will chair the debate with representatives from the Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, SNP and UKIP.

The leaders will field questions on issues that matter to young people from a studio audience, made up entirely from voters aged 18-25, some of whom will be visiting the ballot box for the first time.

Tom Porter, Channel 4’s News & Current Affairs Commissioning Editor, said: “Young people often feel that their interests are ignored by political parties.

“We hope that by bringing the youth leaders together we can engage as many young people as possible on the issues that matter to them in this election and encourage them to vote.”

The Youth Leader Debate will stream on the new digital service All 4 on Monday 28 April at 8pm.

Matteo Bergamini, Founder of Shout Out UK, said: “I am 22 and for my generation this is an important event, for the first time in Britain, we are actively able to hear the political debate from a young person’s perspective.

“We have the power to speak our mind. It is our right, as well as our duty to demand a better future.”

If you’d like to be part of the audience, check the website.


Recruiting school leavers? We can help